Invasors seize Puebla, En Busca de un Idolo qualifying cibernetico, Dark Angel

Monday’s Mephisto versus Volador Puebla main event ended with the rarest of all possible CMLL finishes – no finish! The Invasors upset the Guerreros in the rudo versus rudos semifinal, then ran in and attacked Volador after what had been a brief match. The Invasors attacked Mephisto as well, and the Guerreros had to make the save.

Some CMLL nights are obviously important, like Friday night’s show. (By the way, our friends at wrestlingdata.com are going with 13,400 as attendance for that show, by the way, which would be far ahead of Terrible/Rush, actually beats the raging inferno that is AAA and Rey de Reyes, and throws into question how important Televisa TV for at least big shows, and now this paragraph really needs a restart.)

Some CMLL nights are obviously important, like Friday night’s show. Some nights are sneakily important. Today is a sneakily important day. Tonight’s show has a Gen14 vs Various Other People cibernetico, where the final eight luchadors advance to strangely important En Busca de Un Idolo tournament. CMLL holds a lot of tournaments which don’t mean anything for the winner, even Tanahashi winning the Universal tournament is not going to mean anything except being listed in a name of winners – we won’t much hear about the incredible pairs tournament for 11 months, they aren’t bring the Gran Alternativa up much. The En Busca de un Idolo has been different treated like the tournament that matters. Most (though not all) got a short term boost of interest just by being in the tournament. Making the field matters, and tonight’s ciberentico determines who makes the field.

The teams are the CMLL Segunda All Stars (name not official) of Canelo Casas, Cavernario, Guerrero Negro Jr., Herodes Jr., Metálico, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., and Súper Halcón Jr. versus the Generacion 14 team Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Hechicero, and Star Jr. CMLL’s preview of the event says “the final 8″ advance into the the En Busca de Un Idolo tournament. It’s not impossible that this stipulation is mean to mean the winning team gets in, but it seems more like it’s just whoever happens to be the final eight moves on (and the match continues to the final, probably to tease an En Busca de un Idolo result.)

CMLL hasn’t been hinting at anything here, so the only way to draw conclusions on what will happen are guessing on usual biases. Canelo Casas, Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, Flyer are all related to people high in the CMLL hierachy, and Dragon Lee and Canelo Casas were feuding for a couple of weeks. Herodes Jr., Cavernario are being treated as important people, and Super Halcon Jr. and Soberano are treated as somewhat important people. CMLL may have a different set of criteria for this tournament, but picking eight of those nine would be the closest thing to safe bet in a very unsure situation.

The eight which I’d like to see make the final, without regard to a rudo/tecnico mix, are Cavernario, Metálico, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., El Rebelde, Hechicero, Black Panther and Cachorro (with Espiritu Negro as the toughest cut), but there are other people who would also make for an entertaining couple of months.

It bears repeating: if Hechicero is in En Busca de un Idolo and CMLL does not dramatically alter the way they run the tournament, Hechicero will advance to the final. The ultimate winner is a CMLL decision, but Hechicero will easily win the judges voting and easily win the fan voting under the system they’ve used the last two years. (CMLL’s changes in how they’ve run their website might mean that fan voting will change, but the judging marks might be alone enough to advance him a long way.) If Hechicero is part of the final 8 and nothing changes, then it’s really seven guys going for the other spot. That’s not a bad thing: Hechicero is skilled enough to be one of CMLL’s guys, but the only part he’s missing are the fans knowing who he is. Two months of spotlighted matches can take care of that.

None of this should be a surprise to CMLL; the people on the inside should know Hechicero will do well, so there’s no reason to include him even this far if that wasn’t the plan. Still, after last Friday, there’s a concern that CMLL is going to make an unpopular decision and going to make it worse for themselves by the timing of the decision. Hechicero being eliminated early by Super Halcon would get a lot of groans now. It would look even dumber a month from now when Hechicero continues to tear it up in trios while young guys have rookie type matches with each other in the tournament.

Today is also the CMLL debuts of Sanson and El Cuatrero, Cien Caras’s sons. Their first match is in Guadalajara and it’s unclear if they’re meant to just be Arena Coliseo Guadalajara or are joining the mass of Mexico City luchadors who’ve debuted since the start of the year

Primera Curerda (via SuperLuchas) says Dark Angel participated in a WWE tryout at NXT back in December. They also claim her recent trip to Chicago included a backstage trip to Raw, which from WWE wrestler Victoria introduced her to various people. They say she was complimented for all the obvious reasons, and for her ability to speak English, Spanish and French, but Dark Angel is still working for the time being. The report says she may get another tryout or a contract.

They also mention Heddi Karoui was also at the tryout and may be offered a spot to work on WWE’s new Cruiserweight-only show. This is where the report seems to fall apart: during a podcast just yesterday, Bryan Alvarez asked someone in WWE if there was a new Cruiserweight-only show in the works and was very definitively told no.

CMLL has not utilized Dark Angel as much as they could the last few years (definitely since she got her own deal in Japan, but arguably even farther back), and it would probably be an easy choice to go to WWE if offered. If she goes, the only surprise is how long it took WWE to figure out she’d be a good addition.

Euforia replaces Gran Guerrero in Friday’s title match. That’s for the best.

Maria del Angel is in poor shape after suffering a stroke, according to Lola Gonzalez.

Terra’s said they’ll be broadcasting Sunday’s show – and Friday’s show. No one’s explained what happened last Friday, and the bigger CMLL Friday night shows may end up on Terra in the future, but it may not be a good idea to count on them being there.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and this week’s PosterMania.

Rush says that after he takes care of Negro Casas, he’d like an important mask – and why not Sombra? (There are many reasons why not Sombra.)

AAA started an Instagram account over the weekend.

CMLL posted video from Dos Leyendas: the second dance number.

Volador led Mascara & Mistico defeated the Guerreros in Arena Neza. Rush, Atlantis, and Super Aguila beats Mr. Niebla, Nitro, and Negro Casas in Oaxaca.

Juventud Guerrera versus A Hijo del Rey Misterio will take place April 26th in London, Ontario. Super Crazy will take on Little Guido on the same show.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 03/30/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Pequeño Halcón & Stukita vs Mercurio & Pequeño Olímpico
2) Goya Kong, Lluvia, Skadi vs Amapola, Tiffany, Zeuxis
Skadi’s debut, and Lluvia’s first match in DF since July.
3) Rey Cometa, Stuka Jr., Tritón vs Cancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) Fuego vs Ephesto [lightning]
5) Diamante Azul, La Máscara, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Atlantis, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, Rey Escorpión

Skadi (or Skaði, a spelling which would never make it correctly onto a lucha libre poster) is a Norse goddess “associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter and mountains.” Sounds fun! The luchadora’s names are more creative in general, or at least the ones which make it to CMLL. Skadi’s just turned up in results since January, so either she’s very new or everyone was spelling it a different way. Lluvia is more familiar, but it’s taken her multiple knee surgeries to get back to this point.

03/22-23 lucha videos

My TiVo died again Sunday, so I wasn’t able to record anything that aired on TV that day. At this point, it’s up to Comcast as to when I’ll be able to record again.

I instead attempted to record Multimedios and IWRG via their web feed. Multimedios failed, but I was able to screen record the AYM feed Sunday night. Like last time I tried this, I somehow got the video but not the sound. (The first and last matches had aired previously during the week, so they have sound and possibly better picture.) The SLP show has repeating during the week, and I’ll double up with that if I get the chance.

There were unrelated issues with the Puebla feed; I barely ended up with any of that, and will try to get the replay on Thursday. And Terra did not air on Friday and only aired about two matches on Sunday.

Due to another Fox/AAA overlap, we’re missing the AAA opener. We do have the missing AAA matches from the last couple weekends, off the UTDN feed.

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyNnOBGWP7RQnrAFh_C6G1uK_rzYJo9Z

03/22 WWC: http://www.sendspace.com/file/64dzs4

AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-08
taped 2014-02-21 @ Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/hch0t9
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Pentagón Jr., Sexy Star, Taya Valkyrie
http://sendspace.com/file/s63r7o
2) Crazy Boy, Fénix, Joe Lider vs Daga, Juventud Guerrera, Steve Pain
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mtp87c
3) Cibernético, Electroshock, Jack Evans, La Parka vs Chessman, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Jeff Jarrett, Zorro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3q4vdt

AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-15
taped 2014-03-03 @ Lienzo Charro Ignacio Leon Ornelas, Irapuato, Guanajuato
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cxul0s
1) Drago, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake vs Sexy Lady, Sexy Star, Steve Pain
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ebtngt
2) Angélico, Australian Suicide, Jack Evans vs Daga, Pentagón Jr., Psicosis
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1fh7dz
3) Axel, Electroshock, Gronda vs Chessman, Hijo del Fantasma, Silver King
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xz6pbq
4) Cibernético, La Parka, Psycho Clown vs Parka Negra, Texano, Zorro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yylter

AAA on Televisa: 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-16 @ Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León
1) Daga vs Argenis, Australian Suicide, Súper Fly for the AAA World Cruiserweight Championship   (to be posted next week)
2) Fénix vs Crazy Boy, Joe Lider, Niño Hamburguesa, Ultimo Gladiador, Pentagón Jr., Steve Pain, Eterno in a domed cage match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/h9hych
3) Cibernético, Electroshock, Psycho Clown vs Jeff Jarrett, Máscara Año 2000 Jr., Texano Jr.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/bb367n

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-03-22
Full Show: https://mega.co.nz/#!584zyCiL!2DCZd_8AxxiJWKpRqWPLyMbNae2cGn-UHm5Ab_oJMgM
taped 2014-03-11 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Artillero & Súper Comando for the Occidente Tag Team Championship
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dktfr6
taped 2014-03-16 @ Arena México
2) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Kráneo, Negro Casas, Niebla Roja
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7rchnv
3) Volador Jr. vs Ripper
http://www.sendspace.com/file/99jqbs

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-18 @ Arena México
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fachfr
1) Angelito, Astral, Stukita vs Demus 3:16, Mercurio, Pierrothito
http://www.sendspace.com/file/odjnm8
2) Dragon Lee, Pegasso, Star Jr. vs Canelo Casas, Hechicero, Puma
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fc4p30
Stellar Moments
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8b57ju
3) Diamante Azul, Fuego, Rey Cometa vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8wen8z
4) Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla vs Delta, Guerrero Maya Jr., La Máscara
http://www.sendspace.com/file/de3fgt
Ending
http://www.sendspace.com/file/12dyqp

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-14 @ Arena Mexico
Intro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/jd8yfm
1) Atlantis & Euforia vs Niebla Roja & Stuka Jr. in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/c3k92h
2) Marco Corleone & Terrible vs Máscara Dorada & Mephisto in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nnwszd
3) Blue Panther & Negro Casas vs Delta & Mr. Águila in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s8ehjh
4) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero vs Kráneo & Super Porky in a Parejas Increible eightfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9n1v72
5) Atlantis & Euforia vs Marco Corleone & Terrible in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/x4mfdr
6) Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero vs Blue Panther & Negro Casas in a Parejas Increible quarterfinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/sywml1
7) Atlantis & Euforia vs Diamante Azul & Rey Bucanero in a Parejas Increible semifinal
http://www.sendspace.com/file/j32lxh

Lucha Azteca (CMLL): 2014-03-22
taped 2014-03-07 @ Arena México
Parejas Increible, Block A
http://www.sendspace.com/file/frsomp

CMLL on Terra: 2014-03-23
taped 2014-03-23 @ Arena Coliseo
4) Sagrado vs Virus in a lightning match
http://www.sendspace.com/file/os7734
 - only the last couple of minutes (and the between match interview)
5) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente vs Felino, Olímpico, Ripper
http://www.sendspace.com/file/r3ptlw
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo vs Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fn184x

IWRG Zona XXI: 2014-03-23
taped 2014-03-19 @ Arena Naucalpan
1) Mini Multifacetico & Mini Rey Cometa vs Oficialito AK47 & Oficialito Fierro
http://www.sendspace.com/file/17tnt0
2) Centvrión, Metaleon, Mr. Leo vs Douki, Freyser, Hanaoka
http://www.sendspace.com/file/f2xaa4 – no sound
3) Chico Che, Golden Magic, Veneno vs Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tfaxmd - no sound
4) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7doilb

CMLL Puebla: 2014-03-23
taped 2014-03-10 @ Arena Puebla
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Shocker, Último Guerrero
http://www.sendspace.com/file/t5gdqq

Tags:

tecnicos win in IWRG, ChilangaMask

IWRG (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Naucalpan [The Gladiatores]
1) Hip Hop Man & Látigo b Araña de Plata & Power Bull
Hip Hop Man replaced Latigo, Arana de Plata replaced Power Bull.
2) Alan Extreme & Emperador Azteca b Fulgor II & Imposible
Alan Extreme replaced Hip Hop Man.
3) Black Terry, Centvrión, Dr. Cerebro b Rayan, Spartan, Tony Rivera
Tecnicos took 1/3, Terry using the ropes to beat Rivera.
4) Relámpago, Súper Nova, Veneno b Danny Casas, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47
Tecnicos took 1/3, Veneno feuding with AK47.
5) Hijo De Dos Caras, Máscara Púrpura, Toscano b Canis Lupus, Trauma I, Trauma II
Tecnicos took 2/3.

All tecnico wins. Cerebro loses a tooth, Terry loses some blood but both make a second show that day.

MedioTiempo and Estrellas del Ring have recaps of the ChilangaMask show, and Black Terry Jr. has photos of the match. Both the main event and Terry/Maya are very bloody. The raucous crowd looks like they had fun.

Oswaldo notes there was a recent fundraiser for Camaleon, except Camaleon didn’t know anything about it. That happens way too often on benefit shows. The promoter says he gave the money to Camaleon’s money.

CMLL preview video for Friday.

ChilangaMask, XMW, Maximo/Escorpion, Blue Demon

XMW (SAT) 03/22/2014 Deportivo Oceania, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)Estrellas del Ring]
1) Chica Ye-Ye, Guason, Mini Black Metal, Obscuro b Centella Atomic, Demasiado, Kaitlin Diamond, Toxin Boy
2) Fulgor b YorubaLegendarioFulgor II
3) Dollar, Kronos, Metatleon b Metalik, Niebla Negra, Terremoto
4) Mr. Leo b Arez and Belial and Tornado (DF) and Fly Warrior [PDM LH]
Perros del Mal Light Heavyweight Championship, last seen with Super Nova in 2012. Unclear who was supposed to be defending it. Toscano showed up after the match to talk about how great the match was. Crowd liked Arez the best. Toscano gave the youngsters credit for being good.
5) Fly Star & La Magnifica b Ludark Shaitan & Wotan
Ludark & Magnficia are feuding.
6) Impulso b Necro ButcherHellspawn
Deathmatch. Hellspawn is from Chile. Nectro beat Hellspawn, Impulso beat Necro Butcher.

Usual heavy hardcore show. I have no idea why Toscano was there and am sort of concerned about him lately. CMLL needs to hire him back just to keep him out of the tiny shows for young people. Another mystery: There’s an Fulgor anti-fan club? Estrellas recap notes Magnficia versus Ludark is a good idea; indy lucha libre could use a lot more steady rivalries which go from promotion to promotion and get better, and those are probably two of the best luchadoras who constantly work the indies. Kaitlin Diamond (or whichever way I’m supposed t0 be spelling it) is a Canadian woman who’s been hanging tough around here for a few months and must have some great stories.

CHILANGA MASK (SUN) 03/23/2014 Coliseo Coacalco, Coacalco, Estado de México [@terceracaida]
1) Robin (CMLL) b Íkaro [lightning]
2) Astro Rey Jr. & Psico Kid b Fulgor & Karma
Violento match.
3) Freelance b Latin Dragon and Arez and Mike Segura and Golden Magic and Tornado (DF)and Magnifico and Dinamic Black and Zurdog [Copa Tercera Caida]
Third version. List of participants is as announced but unconfirmed.
4) X-Torm & Zarco b Dr. Cerebro & Eterno
Dr. Cerebro lost two teeth after a Zarco chairshot
5) Trauma I & Trauma II b Hijo de Pirata Morgan & Rey Bucanero
Hijo del Pirata replaced Pirata Morgan (working for Tinieblas instead). Piratas demanded a rematch, hair versus masks.
6) Impulso b Máscara Dorada
Replacement match for the trios tag match with the Young Bucks. Mascara Dorada was an addition.
7) Black Terry DQ Guerrero Maya Jr. [super libre]
DQ not specified. Maya demanded a lucha extra match and a mask vs hair match.
8) Negro Navarro & Solar I b Arkángel de la Muerte & Rey Hechicero
9) Titán (CMLL) b Belial
second replacement match for the missing trios tag match.
10) Aero Boy b DJ Hyde and Masada and Kaientai
Deathmatch. Aero Boy was awarded a spot in CZW’s Tournament of Death.

Lots of changes. The big one was the Young Bucks. Matt Jackson announced they were off the show late Saturday night, and implied they didn’t get their deposit. ChilangaMask claimed the flight the Bucks were supposed to come in on was overbooked. Those stories don’t seem to fit together. Rey Cometa did end up on the Arizona show after all, but somehow Mascara Dorada replaced him. I’d guess Dorada is a more expensive guy, so either he was helping out, or CMLL screwed up and sent Dorada as a make good. Or something else happened, I dunno.

Titan vs Belial and Impulso vs Mascara Dorada could both be pretty good. Both the 8 and 10 matches sound like they were very good in their very different styles. Should be more recaps of the show next week.

CMLL (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Molotov & Sensei b El Rebelde & Espiritu Negro
2) Pequeño Olímpico & Pequeño Warrior b Fantasy & Último Dragoncito
Turned into a tag match for unknown reasons. Shockercito and Pequeno Nitro were scheduled.
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Goya Kong b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit, Zeuxis
4) Virus b Sagrado [lightning]
Virus submitted Sagrado. Terra feed started working during this match.
5) La Sombra, Super Porky, Valiente b Felino, Olímpico, Ripper
Tecnicos took 2/3.
6) Diamante Azul, Marco Corleone, Máximo DQ Averno, Pólvora, Rey Escorpión
Tecnicos took 2/3, the last when Rey Escorpion was caught fouling Maximo.

No obvious set up for next week, unless Maximo/Rey Escorpion is meant to continue here and isn’t just a global CMLL issue.

Terra’s had reoccurring problems broadcasting from Arena Coliseo. This time was worst than most, and they missed the first 1h15m of the show due to extended technical issues. This was different from Friday; they intended to air the whole show and were recording things as if they were actually airing (and some of the promos will be part of the 52MX and LATV shows.) This was also different in that Terra responded to questions about the status of the broadcast, unlike this past week with the Friday show.

The author of CMLL’s text recap – which didn’t appear until many hours until after the show – is listed as “CMLL”. Hmmm. I have a feeling that if someone didn’t take pictures, there might not have been an official recap of any sort today.

CMLL (SUN) 03/23/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago Azul b Índigo
2) William Rock b Ángel del Mal
Angel del Mal was injured.
3) Demonio Rojo & Évola b El Divino & Virgo
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Smaker b Espectrum
Like all undercard singles matches, this was one fall.
5) Black Metal, León Blanco, Sky Kid b Acertijo, Demonio Maya, Maléfico
Tecnicos took 1/3.
6) Black Panther, Blue Panther, Cachorro b Puma, Tiger, Vangellys
Panthers took 1/3 in a good match.

A show.

Konnan had a lot to say about Rey de Reyes on this week’s MLW Radio show.

He explained a bit about the two big missing people: Juvi and Blue Demon Jr. Juvi’s the easy one – he’s got a fracture in a foot. That sucks. Demon’s issue is a lot more tricky. Blue Demon Jr. told AAA that he’s applying for US residency, and must stay in the US 3 months as part of it. That would definitely explain why Demon wants the story quiet, but… Konnan: “I don’t know if that story is true.” MSL asked if Demon gave AAA any warning, and Demon said he wasn’t going to know if he couldn’t make until a couple days before the shows and only confirmed he’d be off the day prior. Konnan doesn’t think that made a lot of sense, but gave credit to Demon for sending the video and says Demon will be on the Ciudad Victoria show (next Saturday) to hand over the belt. Demon won’t be if that three month rule is correct, because he wrestled in Toluca on 01/30 and wouldn’t have spent 3 months in the United States until the start of May. Either everyone in AAA can’t do simple math or there’s a part of the story that didn’t get explained. People in AAA can do simple math. Konnan expressed displeasure about how tough Demon has been to work with; Demon shows up late and leaves early, and they have to fly him in all the way from Florida. Konnan does give Demon credit for sending in videos when asked.

Elegido’s abcense was not mentioned, but it would be grossly out of character for Konnan to be concerned with Elegido. It seems strange on the surface that Konnan has a problem with Demon when the Jarretts are appearing to do the same exact thing (flying in, arriving late, leaving early), but I think it speaks more to how different sees Demon as compared to the Jarretts. And those two have found time to do the occasional pretape.

If you’ve been following along with his thoughts about AAA this year, you would not be surprised by any of statement on Rey de Reyes itself. AAA is on fire, according to Konnan. They’re doing fantastic, “we got our competition off TV”, none of your criticisms are valid and you have no idea how tough a job it is for him would be a good summary of a few minute stretch. Konnan feels Rey de Reyes would’ve sold out if it was sunny, becuase “they’re hotter than they were last year.” Konnan felt most of the matches were good, with Chessman/Villano IV surprising him to be the best on the show, but the last two weren’t good. Konnan explains the Jarrett matches are never intended to be matches (good or otherwise), but angles designed to get a big reaction from the crowd and they accomplished that. Konnan feels they have to do a better job of protecting La Parka and it didn’t sound like he was happy with how that was done in the Rey de Reyes final. The decision for Parka to win might have been influenced by the two no-shows; Konnan says AAA knew the missing people would give ammo to their detractors, so they wanted to make sure to send the fans home happy.

In random notes, Nino Hamburguesa was supposed to toss his hamburger out to the crowd after escaping the ring, but forget his hamburger in the back. (One of the helper guys should’ve brought it! I can see it now, Australian Suicide luring Nino up the ladder by teasing him with the hamburger.) Konnan dismissed Rey Misterio Jr.’sIn a response to a mailbag question, Konnan says he’d put the world heavyweight title on a exotico if the right one came along, but doesn’t think any one in the company is the right one. And Konnan mentions he was planned to win the 2006 Rey de Reyes, but jokes he changed the plans when he saw the winner (eventually Vampiro) was going to get a tiara as a crown.

Sin Cara had a typically fun weekend. When HuniCara posting on Twitter about being a part of the Scooby Doo movie, Sin Cara Uno responded by angrily calling him a Fraude and CCing every McMahon he could think of. He deleted the message later. Sin Cara was also promoted the 05/04 show in Monterrey, the same shows he was insisting were fabrications a few weeks ago. Funny how that worked out.

This week’s Super Libre had interviews with Vangellys & Akuma in studio, plus more taped from H2L.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update and links to video of the Rush versus Shocker finish.

Rob has videos of 01/10/14 CMLL and his favorite new move.

SuperLuchas #521 has a double issue: La Parka winning and Shocker losing.

Tijuana legends were honored on the TG Power show on Friday.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews more Charles Lucero.

Kcidis discovers bald Shocker.

Chessman talks about being champion, does not mention Blue Demon at all.

Porra Fresa previews Monday’s card.

The Mexico National Team’s Jersey was inspired by a familiar item. (Go to the 2 minute mark.)

Lineup

CMLL (SUN) 03/30/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Raycko vs El Piraña
Spelled as Reycko – changed the spelling in his six weeks between matches?
2) El Tapatío & Explosivo vs Furia Nazi & Satara
3) El Brillante & Javier Cruz vs Exterminador & Infierno
4) León Blanco vs Ráfaga
5) Gallo & Leo vs Camorra & Maléfico
6) La Sombra, Sagrado, Super Porky vs Mephisto, Misterioso Jr., Pólvora

It looks like El Tapatio might have be declared a tecnico back on 03/02, but I didn’t notice because Guadalajara young guys can be inconsistent about such matters. Camorra in the semimain is odd, both because Camorra in general but because CMLL usually sends six on Sundays and he’s #7. You don’t suppose he’s found a new place to feud with a local tecnico to set up an apuesta match, do you?

Rush takes Shocker’s hair, Marcela does the same to Dalys

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CMLL (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena México [@apolovaldez, @furiatitanes, @jokerman81, @terceracaida, CMLLMT (Cien Caras)MT (final)MT (rest)Terra,Yahoo! Deportes]
1) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Titán
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr.
Thunder was announced, but replaced by Blue Panther on Tuesday. Straight falls for the rudos. In a repeat of last week, Volador and Sombra again had problems, and again challenged each other to a mask versus hair match. They fought a little this week but no real match.
3) Atlantis & Euforia b Máximo & Rey Escorpión [natl pi, final]
Atlantis’ third win in the four years of this tournament. Escorpion & Maximo could not get along and lost in straight falls.
4) Marcela b Dalys [hair]
Marcela took 2/3, the last apparently with the Michinoku Driver, to win the match. Multipke mentioned this was a stiff match, at least from Marcela to Dalys. Marcela is 8-0 in known hair matches, Dalys loses her first ever apuesta match. Dalys demanded a title match, Marcela did not answer.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Guerreros challenged for the trios titles.
6) Rush b Shocker [hair]
Shocker took the first with the Dos Caras Clutch, Rush did the same in a quick second, and Rush won with a Rush Driver (after flattening Shocker’s face with a corner dropkick.) Shocker loses his first hair match after winning 14 (going to 18-2 overall in apuestas.) Rush has won all four hair matches he’s been in so far. Shocker gave Rush credit for the win, and asked for a rematch. Rush wants Negro Casas next.

Cien Caras, accompanied by his brothers and soon to be debuting sons, was honored about the fourth match. That’s the same way CMLL introduced Black Panther & Cachorro. As jokerman points out, since Panico was in the ring shaking hands, it was a meeting of CMLL Hombre de Negro (Panico) and AAA Hombre de Negro (Mascara Ano 2000)!

Fuego joined the edecanes for a show opening dance; the edecanes did a second performance later on in the night.

Crowd totally hated Rush and was not happy with him for winning yet again.

Attendance looks great in some shots, but others reveal CMLL didn’t seat much of the blue seats. It looks like it was more people than CMLL drew for the last big Rush hair match (versus Terrible) and maybe the first 10K+ turnout.

There’s not a lot of surprises on the show to talk about, so let’s talk about the internet surprise. Friday’s show did not air on Terra at all. CMLL snuck in a mention of the show not airing on Facebook about 60 minutes before the show started. Alan posted the message below in the comments, and I thought I was just misreading things because the comment about the show not airing live was such a throw away. CMLL’s been airing matches from Friday night shows since August 30th, it’s been taken for granted that something would air even when not promoted. That was not the case, and probably should not be assumed to be the case going forward.

This struck me as TripleMania redux. The obvious problem with TripleMania was the feed not working, but the complicating problem was poor communication. There was little information about the feed problem while it was happening, and their last big status announcement was saying they were going to explain something at a press conference no one who ordered the feed was going to be able to watch. They didn’t deliver the product and they didn’t deliver timely useful information about why they weren’t deliveing the product. AAA’s gotten much better in this area, and I think AAA would handle the same situation much better now. (Let’s hope we never find out.)

CMLL’s completely in their right not to air their shows. There are many reasons why it might have made sense to air last night’s show, but CMLL might have found better reasons not to do so. Their problem was equal poor communication. It seemed to be as much internal as external. It seems pretty obvious that someone’s plan was not to air the show all week, since Terra never promoted it on their website, but even a broadcaster did not appear to find this out until just before the show started.

I don’t know if it’s the case, but it’s even possible the press department couldn’t let people know what was going on until an hour before the show because they themselves weren’t told. It fits with CMLL’s lack of internal communication, though it doesn’t really excuse them. Plenty of people were asking CMLL what was going on, and CMLL could’ve given anyone an answer. They choose not to.

All it would’ve taken is one Twitter message or one Facebook message to let people know the show wouldn’t be airing any time earlier in the week. About five seconds of someone’s time. for common courtesy. People wouldn’t have been happy, but they would’ve known and made plans accordingly. CMLL felt the people on the internet were not worth those five seconds.
indy (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena Querétaro [Estrellas del Ring]
1) Angel Rebelde, Golden King, Gremlin b Dark Crazy, Speed Demon, Star Boy
2) Chica Ye-Ye, Drabek I, Rey Centella b Castigador, Fuego Latino, Sangre De Dragon
3) Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown b Dance Boy, El Lince, Soldado Diablico
4) Black Terry, Negro Navarro, Shu el Guerrero b Dragon De Oriente I, Dragon De Oriente II, El Atomico
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Veneno b LA Park & Pantera
Veneno replaced Black Warrior. Wagner took falls 1/3, the last via foul on Park.

Looks like a really good turnout here.

Today’s the fifth anniversary of Abismo Negro’s death.

Rob has highlights of 01/17/14 AAA.

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s Tercera Caida.

Eric R @ Segunda Caida reviews Uprising: Lucha Libre 03/09/14.

Steve Pain wants a rematch with the Mexican Powers. I dunno, AAA repeating a match? Seems like a stretch.

Fuerza Guerrera wants revenge on…Toscano.

Espectrito unmasked.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/25/2014 Arena México
1) Bengala & Leono vs Apocalipsis & Inquisidor
2) Hombre Bala Jr., Molotov, Sensei vs Artillero, Espanto Jr., Súper Comando
3) Pegasso, Stigma, Stuka Jr. vs Kamaitachi, Sangre Azteca, Virus
4) Canelo Casas, Cavernario, Guerrero Negro Jr., Herodes Jr., Metálico, Oro Jr., Soberano Jr., Súper Halcón Jr. vs Black Panther, Cachorro, Dragon Lee, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Hechicero, Star Jr. [cibernetico]
Busca de un Idolo determination match.
5) Máximo, Mistico, Super Porky vs Averno, Ephesto, Tiger

Tercera could be a lot of fun, but I’m less sure what gets aired here thanks to the cibernetico.

I believe the idea of the semifinal is it’s a normal cibernetico going to a single survivor, but the final eight survivors will advance to En Busca de un Idolo next month. CMLL should reaffirm or clarify that with their preview this week.

Is Tiger feuding with Super Porky? Is that a setup to a Mistico & Averno title match?

IWRG (WED) 03/26/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Power Bull
2) Ángel Del Amor & Seiya vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
3) Centvrión, Emperador Azteca, Metaleon vs Broken Clown, Dave The Clown, Rothen Clown
4) Máscara Púrpura, Relámpago, Súper Nova vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo [super libre]
5) Chico Che, Niño Hamburguesa, Veneno vs Eterno, Trauma I, Trauma II

They got the wrong stipulation in the semifinal. Quite the tecnico trio in the main event.

CMLL (FRI) 03/28/2014 Arena México
1) Magnus & Robin vs Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Delta, Fuego, Guerrero Maya Jr. vs Boby Zavala, Misterioso Jr., Puma
3) Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela vs Dalys, Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit
4) La Máscara, Marco Corleone, Rush vs Negro Casas, Ripper, Shocker
5) Volador Jr. vs La Sombra
no time limit this time.
6) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
Estetas are champions. 6th defense.

Main event has a decent chance of a title chance; much more likely if they did this match yesterday.

Also, as much as some of us would like Volador to turn rudo again, I’m not sure how he could actually get a heel reaction facing Sombra. Volador wins, no matter how, he’ll get cheered.

What is Ripper doing in the fourth match?

03/21 CMLL Homenaje a Dos Leyendas quick results

CMLL (FRI) 03/21/2014 Arena México [@apolovaldez, @furiatitanes, @terceracaida]
1) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Titán
2) Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas b Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr.
Thunder was announced, but replaced by Blue Panther on Tuesday. In a repeat of last week, Volador and Sombra again had problems, and again challenged each other to a mask versus hair match. They fought a little this week but no real match.
3) Atlantis & Euforia b Máximo & Rey Escorpión [natl pi, final]
Atlantis’ third fourth win in the four five years of this tournament.
4) Marcela b Dalys [hair]
Marcela took 2/3, the last apparently with the Michinoku Driver, to win the match. Multipke mentioned this was a stiff match, at least from Marcela to Dalys. Marcela is 8-0 in known hair matches, Dalys loses her first ever apuesta match.
5) Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero b Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente
Guerreros challenged for the trios titles.
6) Rush b Shocker [hair]
Rush took falls 2/3 to take Shocker’s hair. Shocker loses his first hair match after winning 14 (going to 18-2 overall in apuestas.) Rush has won all four hair matches he’s been in so far.

Cien Caras was honored after the fourth match. He was joined by his two brothers and the two sons who debut in Arena Coliseo Guadalajara next week, Sanson & El Cuatrero.

More tomorrow.

Robin Hood versus Shu el Guerrero

I had no idea. I had always heard Shu el Guerrero was very good, but the modern day Shu el Guerrero is a round guy who’s tough for someone still brought up on US wrestling to take totally seriously. He looks like a guy who might have been good, a long time ago, and you could still see flashes of it every so often, but it was hard to tell how good, and he wasn’t someone you saw much of because of his career path. Robin Hood was a guy who must’ve been good because Jose’s bio said he was good, but I really didn’t know myself because he passed away so long ago and it’s hard for me to justify getting old footage when there’s so much current stuff already available to watch.

They were great. I am tell you, they were incredible. Maybe it was just for this night but, the way they fought, they probably had a few other really impressive nights in them.

I was given the Robin Hood versus Shu el Guerrero mascara contra mascara match (February 4, 1990, El Toreo) while I was in México last year. I was given the match under two conditions:

  • I can not give this match to anyone else
  • I had to write a recap of this match.

chairs shot 90s Toreo version

I’m finally, pathetically late, making good on the second part. I’m also staying true to the first part. I’ve included gifs of the match here and I’ve tried to make the recap as detailed as possible, but this match has to stay with me from now. What I do know about the match is I have a copy, the person who gave me the match has a copy, and that person didn’t record the match themselves so there must be other people who have copies of this match in whatever constitutes the Mexico tape trading underground. I hope one of those people releases the match themselves at some point, because this match is one of the best I’ve ever seen and it feels cruel to tell you that.

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Homenaje a Dos Leyendas preview, CMLL not on TV Azteca

Tonight is CMLL’s second most important show of the year, Homenaje a Dos Leyendas. CMLL will hold two hair versus hair matches tonight, along with the finals of a multiweek tournament. They’ll also be honoring those two legends: rudo legend Cien Caras and CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth. Today would’ve been Lutteroth’s 114th birthday, which is the primary reason this show is held around this date every year.

There’s still absolutely no word from Terra on what matches from Dos Leyendas will air tonight, or even any official confirmation anything will air at all.There’s still not much reason to be concern they won’t be airing – they’ve not advertised shows previously, we all got concerned, then they just aired them like normal – but there’s not much reason to believe they’re airing the full show either. The Terra feed should start at 8:30pm local, which remains 9:30pm Central DAYLIGHT Time in the US and other regions which already in Daylight Savings Time.

It’s worth noting that the current CMLL TV package means one or two of the heavily pushed matches will not be aired on television, and those that do will likely be edited for time. Even beyond the matches, they’ll have a tribute to Cien Caras which they’ll have to find a way to get in. If you really want to see all of this show, and you can get to Arena Mexico, you need to actually go to Arena Mexico tonight. It’s too bad that those of us who do not really have that option are not being given much of an alternative.

1) Stuka Jr., Super Porky, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys

A match! To start the show off happy! For at least a while until TRT wins anyway. Hopefully more Titan versus Terrible.

2) Blue Panther, La Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Negro Casas

I know Blue Panther likes fightning Negro Casas, but he should consider sending one of his sons or something, because his partners are just going to turn on each other and cost him the match. Since they don’t seem to be going anywhere with this story, this match is kind of pointless. (By the way, it would be easier to believe Negro Casas was not up fighting in a hair match if he actually appeared to be hurt in any way.)

3) Atlantis & Euforia vs Máximo & Rey Escorpión [natl pi, final]

Finally, we’re on to matches which matter. Kind of. The idea appeared to have two teams who would at least tease two apuesta matches. Maybe happen, mayben ot – they’ve been down that road with atlantis mask matches (and Niebla’s had his own near misses in his past.) If CMLL really plans on going down the route of Maximo & Rey Escorpion facing off this summer, they probably should win to be come off as a bigger deals. That’s not the way it always goes, btu I’m guessng it goes that way this year.

4) Marcela vs Dalys [hair]

It’s kind of amazing this is a reasonable match. Marcela is very good, but Dalys has been far more acceptable as a ruda and is still improving. The last dry run for this, the lightning match from a few weeks ago, was much better than their title match last year. That could’ve been a fluke, but it gives a lot of hope for this match really surprising. Marcela is the better luchadora, and Marcela has never lost a hair match. That loss seems like something that should be saved for a day where it might mean something to a luchadora on the rise. Dalys is probably going ot be in the same spot regardless of what happens here. Just getting her is Dalys victory. Marcela will get the one in the record book.

5) Máscara Dorada, Mistico, Valiente vs Gran Guerrero, Niebla Roja, Último Guerrero

This should be a title match, unless they’re just doing the title match next week instead. It’s not a title match, so the Guerreros should win to keep challening the tecnicos. Maybe Euforia gets added back to the team by then? This is Gran Guerrero’s highest pressure match yet, which doesn’t sound like a good thing, but the Estetas will make it interesting themselves.

6) Rush vs Shocker [hair]

Rush is going to win. This is not about the outcome. This is the moment for Rush prove something to the crowd. If Rush is ever going to turn the Arena Mexico crowd around on him, it’s going to come thru a match like this. Rush just gaining the respect of the crowd, even if he can’t get the cheers, by surviving every thing Shocker can throw at him. (In this case, surviving means winning without using the Rush Driver, or any other finish that can be seen as Rush getting away with something due to favoritism.) This is the night for Shocker to pull out every single trick possible, do anything they can to convince people Rush might be in serious trouble here. I don’t know if CMLL will ever use blood in matches, but this would be the night for it. I’m not even sure if that’s the way they’ll go. They could get an equally strong but totally different idea by destroying Shocker. I’m not as sure Shocker is down with that. I just hope whatever they’re doing, they’ve got a plan of where they want to get to by the end of this match and going forward.

The first two matches are not set up to be good matches and probably won’t get the time. The last four matches all have chances to be good or great, but none are completely safe bets.

I should be around to do live results tonight, but something has come up at the last minute which might cause me to miss the early portion of the show. I’ll figure it out later.

The early, very subject to change, schedule for For Sports 1 in Mexico next Saturday lists the usual CMLL show as a 1 hour show. They expanded it to two hours for the Anniversary show and it would be a good idea here again, or even just an extra half hour to make sure the three most important matches fit in. CMLL is not loading up the show to air some of them on TV Azteca, because CMLL’s Miguel Reducindo says there are no imminent plans for a CMLL show on TV Azteca. He didn’t rule it out from ever happening, but is quoted in the Furia de Titanes article saying rumors on social media are false, it may be some confusion over the Azteca America show, and all the CMLL luchadors/personalities showing up on TV Azteca programming is just a coincidence. I find the last part of that explanation hard to believe and it’s possible there’s a deal being worked on that hasn’t been told to press department, but don’t hold your breath for it right now.

Terra has interviews for tonight’s show. There’s a promo with Rush, one with Shocker and with the women. There’s also a quick Rush bio with a familiar info box. Dalys told Fuego en el Ring that she hopes Princesa Blanca is her second. There hasn’t been much mention of seconds, but I’d guess Mistico or Dragon Lee would be Rush’s second and Negro Casas really should be Shocker’s second.

This Sunday is ChilangaMask’s first anniversary show. MedioTiempo has a complete preview of the card, while Tercera Caida posted a video about Belial and Impulso making it to the main event. That match is the Titan & Belial versus Rey Cometa & Impulso vs the Young Bucks. That should actually have a chance to be the main event this time – none of the CMLL luchadors are booked in Coliseo this week, so there might not be the usual card reshuffling. (However, Rey Cometa is listed on a show in Scottsdale, Arizona of all places on Sunday; my hunch is a booking in the US is more likely to be missed than one near Mexico City. Pirata Morgan is also double booked in Nuevo Laredo and is more likely to be off this show.) LuchaMania Monterrey says 15 fans are coming down from their city for this show.

This week’s Tercera Caida had Rush & Marclea on to promote tonight’s show. There’s after the show interviews with Marcela and Rush as well.

Dragon Rojo Jr. says he got good news from the doctor and will be back in the ring soon. I didn’t even know he was hurt, but he did get pulled from the first block of the incredible pairs tournament and hasn’t been in a match since the title match with La Sombra.

Rey Escorpion, in a radio interview, says he’s rooting for Dalys and Shocker in the apuesta matches. There’s a picture of Black Escorpion, Rey’s brother who’s said to be coming to CMLL.

LuchaMania Monterrey notes the AAA Latin American Championship did not make it from Blue Demon Jr. to Monterrey, so Chessman didn’t actually get anything when he won the title. AAA does list Chessman as the current champion.

Pro Wrestling Revolution will debut a Mini Mariachi on April 27 – and it’s actually the original Octagoncito, using a new name.

DJ Spectro looks back at Grupo Cibernetico.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Silver Star vs Charles Lucero.

CMLL on Fox Sports (Mexico): 2014-03-01

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== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Part 1 of Rey de Reyes! I have no idea what that means. I’m guessing the cage and Jarrett match on this show and the Rey de Reyes final on the other show, but I don’t really know.

== CMLL ==

FOX: Parajes Increíbles, Block B. 3 pm start time, which means the last half hour here overlaps the first half hour of AAA (which means we’ll probably not get the first half hour of AAA.)

52MX: Volador vs Ripper, maybe the tag title match from Guadalajara

C3: Peste Negra versus Atlantida, in a continuing action. Hechicero alert!

TVC Deportes (Puebla): Bufete del Amor vs Shocker/UG/Euforia. Hechicero on this show too, provided I find out what time it’s on (currently a mystery!) and record at the start this week.

Lucha Azteca: Parajes Increibles, Block A.

Terra Friday: NO ONE KNOWS. Terra published a couple of videos previewing the show they may be airing. Assume the top 4 until told otherwise, but it’s a bit late in the day to be telling people. Whatever benefit Terra would get from airing the whole show is muted by not announcing what they’re doing. This also seems likely a purposeful decision to be confusing, a FANtastic decision.

Terra Sunday: Averno, Polvora, Rey Escorpion vs Azul, Marco and Maximo, plus Virus vs Sagrado in lightning match action.

== Other ==

IWRG-AYM Sports: Maybe the cage match show, maybe the Wednesday show? No episodes have aired this week on AYM.

Noches de Coliseo: ???? Maybe the missing tag team tournament matches?

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